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CA San Diego Mission Hills

Perched Above Historic Old Town and with panoramic views of the downtown skyline, Point Loma, and the Coronado Islands, Mission Hills is one of San Diego’s most idyllic neighborhoods. First subdivided in 1908, many of its homes were designed by San Diego’s premier architects, including William Hebbard, Emmor Brooke Weaver, Cliff May, William Templeton Johnson, and Richard Requa. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and you will appreciate the historic architectural and charm. If you are looking for a neighborhood with home choices ranging from Craftsman Style homes, charming spanish cottages to impressive estates, you will love the eclectic feel of Mission Hills. With easy access to downtown nightlife, beaches, Balboa Park and the airport, Mission Hills is a convenient and favored address.

Mission Hills’ first home was built in 1887 on “Inspiration Point” by the daughter of the captain of the pacific coast sidewheel steamship Orizaba. Her father could see it when he guided the ship into harbor on return from the northern California coast. Now known as Villa Orizaba, this home was soon joined by newly planned subdivisions along Sunset, adjoining Presidio Park, and overlooking the dairy farms and river in Mission Valley. Some of our most prominent city forefathers developed here in the 1920’s and 30’s. George Marston, Kate Sessions and J.D. Spreckels aimed to create an “Uptown Fine Home” area, in the leapfrog growth up the hill from downtown. Kate Sessions sought a rural site for her nursery when it moved from Balboa Park, and then convinced her friend and patron, Spreckels, to bring his electric railway out to Mission Hills to expand her customer access.

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